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New Healthcare Law Affects Local Couple With Shocking News

Imagine getting your mail and finding out you'll owe thousands of dollars more next year on health insurance, when you've had the same policy for over a decade. This is what happened to a local couple who received this shocking news.
"The amount of the increase of our insurance could pay for a 4 year college education for one of our kids." - Tony and Kay Mellencamp, owners of East of Chicago Pizza
Imagine getting your mail and finding out you'll owe thousands of dollars more next year on health insurance, when you've had the same policy for over a decade.  This is what happened to a local couple who received this shocking news, just weeks after the new health care law went into effect.

Even if you don't sign up for Obamacare, that doesn't mean your insurance won't be affected.  A local couple received an unfortunate letter in their mailbox just a couple days ago.

"The amount of the increase of our insurance could pay for a 4 year college education for one of our kids." - says Tony and Kay Mellencamp who own East of Chicago Pizza and need health insurance because Kay almost died of a brain aneurysm last year.

The cost of their healthcare is going up to over $1,700 a month.

"There's really only so much we can do.  We're going to have to give up certain things that we have now, and we've never lived extravagantly.  We've never lived above our means."

Since the Affordable Care Act took effect, the Mellencamps say their rates have gone up 56% while cutting back with help a little bit.  The Mellencamps are not sure how they are going to make up such a large difference.

"Something's gotta give.  We can't really increase prices on the consumers, we can only do that so much or you are going to price yourself right out of the market."

With a $6500 dollar deductible and over $20,000 a year starting in January in monthly fees, the Mellencamps are at a los for how to fix their problem.

"Guess it's scary because we're kind of confused.  We don't know which way to go."

For the Mellencamps, deciding what to do next is very difficult.  They don't want to go with a new policy from a different provider or choose Obamacare because they worry they will lose their current physicians and no matter which they choose, chances are there will be a major price increase.  This is a problem millions of Americans and thousands of Hoosiers are now facing since the new health care law went into effect.

On Tuesday, President Obama once again addressed the problems, saying his administration is still working on the kinks in the system while Republicans still push for a major overall of the entire system.
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